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I would call it the "outbound" flight. By the way I'm not sure "return flight" is unambiguous. In some contexts (such as when booking tickets) it could easily be understood as the combination of an outbound and inbound flight. (Of course, "outbound" and "inbound" are also slightly ambiguous -- they could refer to legs going from or to an airline hub, but ...


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I have spent most of my life living somewhere inside the M25 (and a good fraction of that inside various pubs) and I have to say that I've never heard of any of these gestures. I don't mean that you are certainly wrong but perhaps their use is indeed arcane. Most ale drinkers (and I include myself in this) would need to specify exactly which ale they want, ...


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In general, the departure and arrival time are considered the time that the parking brake on the plane is released and applied respectively. For most major airlines, this is actually recorded automatically - the moment the brake is released the 'departure' time is recorded, and the moment it is re-applied at the destination the 'arrival' time is recorded. ...


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In my eyes 7/7 is shorthand for French 7 jours sur 7 which translates to 7 days out of 7. Meaning the business is open all week. Note that this does not necessarily mean that the business is also open 24h. Indeed in France you often read 7j/7 written on shops that are open every day of the week (note the little j, standing for jours == days). For example, ...


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Self-catering is a widely used term. It implies 1) that meals are not provided, but also 2) enough equipment is provided for guests to cook their own meals. Exactly what equipment is provided can vary. There will be at least a fridge and some way of heating up meals, eating utensils, a table and chairs and somewhere to eat. Most will have a stove, an oven ...


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It means that the flight arrives next day. For example if the flight departs on 22:00, 20th of AUG and arrives on 05:00, 21st of AUG, then the (+1) will be shown to indicate that the arrival is next day. This usually happens in eastbound flights. Also, the other way around is true. A (-1) can be seen in flights that arrive in the previous day! such as ...


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Man, these answers are confused. Which is understandable, because this is complex, but quoting Wikipedia isn't going to do it. Here's my understanding, based on holding a diplomatic passport for 18 years and seeing all this first hand & up close. So on a purely practical level, Doc's got it right: embassies and consulates are pretty much ...


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Great Britain vs the Continent Whenever something is referred to as "continental", you can be sure it's meant as the opposite of "British". The popular myth of the newspaper headline reading "Fog Blankets the Channel; Continent Cut Off" is another example of the attitude that spawned this dichotomy. In this case, a continental breakfast is the opposite of ...


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Personal impact refers to how a traveler presents him- or herself to an immigration officer. Some people may appear more credible, while others may seem less so. Some people may appear nervous, others confident. Some people may appear to be aggressive or demanding, while others may be cooperative. The traveler's appearance and demeanor have an impact on ...


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The airline industry uses the term 'Originating Flight' for the first flight in an itinerary.


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From the perspective of a traveler, there is almost zero difference. Both embassies and consulates are representative departments of a foreign country/government within another country. Technically, an Embassy is where an "Ambassador" is based. As there can only be one Ambassador for a specific country, there can only be (at most) one Embassy. As the ...


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People will often mistakenly use 'deportation' instead of 'removal'. The media reinforces this mistake because 'deportation' sounds more dramatic than 'removal'. Both terms involve the involuntary departure of a person from the UK's jurisdiction. Deportation in the UK is a grave event, there have only been a handful this year. The profile of a deportee ...


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As far as I can see, Vehicle Code of California states, that you should in fact keep right. V C Section 21654 Slow Moving Vehicles Slow-Moving Vehicles (a) Notwithstanding the prima facie speed limits, any vehicle proceeding upon a highway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at such time shall be ...


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There are a few things called Luxembourg and that might create some confusion: A small country located at the corner between Belgium, France, and Germany. The color of the flag is more red than orange. It was ruled by the house of orange between 1815 and 1890 and the shape of the flag inspired by that of the Netherlands but I don't think it ever included ...


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Check the airport code. City names may be similar, but they always have unique three-letter airport codes, and these are always shown in flight booking engines. So just look them up on Wikipedia, and you won't mistake YQY with SYD.


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One of the comments nailed it: "they mean don't take our rental car to Burning Man.” - Eric Lippert And Burning Man is easy - flat, hard, no chance of off-roading damage. People still pay. Note how in the link, some rental agencies play them for suckers, and they can - words are nothing, rental car contracts are clear, and only paper matters. Paved roads ...


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An acronym for 'Secondary Security Screening Selection' or 'Secondary Security Screening Selectee' which is an airport security measure in the United States and Canada which selects passengers for additional inspection Though there is no published criteria how passengers are selected for SSSS, Wiki page lists few probable ones.


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Vatican City is recognized as a country. For example the CIA's World Factbook and UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office both refer to it as a country. What I suggest: count it as a country, but raise your target to 51. Win-win. :-)


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A self catering apartment, hotel room, hostel, vacation place, etc, is one where guests have facilities for making their own meals and cooking, and are allowed to do so. Normally a hotel might give guests a kettle and some coffee/tea, maybe some biscuits, and usually a dining room with menu, sometimes also room service. By contrast, a self catering ...


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Personal impact and articulation refer to a person's physical appearance and behaviour when they present themselves to the immigration officer, and the way they answer questions. As noted by phoog's response, immigration officers have a very short amount of time to determine whether a person complies with the immigration rules, and whether the person is ...


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Those are both official Disney sites, but the tickets are for two different Disney Resorts, Disneyland, which is located in Anaheim, California, and Disney World, which is located in Orlando, Florida. There are many options for tickets in both complexes, but typically tickets either allow access to one park per day (the cheaper option), or are "park-hopper" ...


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A repositioning cruise is a one-way voyage of a ship between two regions. Most people take cruises where the departure and arrival port is the same. This is simple since only a standard return fare to the port. Those cruises usually do a circuit in short segments, stopping almost every day at a different port. Now since there are different low and high ...


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It's the two-letter code of the state. MO is Missouri. List of U.S. state abbreviations - Wikipedia You can learn them with this geographical game of States of USA or text game of states abbreviations.


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When you see "Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided" on a Schengen refusal, it usually means that they decided that the application was either 'incoherent', or not credible, or both. Incoherence Coherence has a special meaning in the Schengen vocabulary; it means clear, sensible, consistent, and most importantly,...


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The airline industry pretty much lives on the concept of "Publish Fares". These are fares that are available through all sales channels - through the airlines website, through travel agents, through third-party websites, and everywhere else. This means that the same fare is available to business travelers (who are likely willing/able to pay more for a ...


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If you mean the short names that given to cabin crew members before each flight, such as “3L”, “R4”, “1L”, etc. then these are their positions. These positions are attributed before every flight (or series of flights done by the same crew in the same aircraft), these are the positions in each aircraft. Each flight attendant will be responsible for a ...


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To vastly overgeneralize, most people consider posted speed limits in the United States to be too slow. All things being equal (good weather etc), it's expected that you drive about 10 mph over the speed limit, and police generally ignore people who do. In a few states, notably Texas, this is enshrined in law, and you can exceed the speed limit and ...


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Here are some breakfasts I have encountered. Of course, each hotel adds and removes items as they wish. Edited according to some comments (especially the ones about the boiled tomato - I now realize how mistaken I was). Continental - very modest; consisting of a hot drink, bread and/or pastry, butter, jam, possibly juice, sometimes more. English - Eggs, ...


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We recently caught the ferry from the UK to Europe and needed to have these stickers (for the other way around). We bought them before hand from UK car shop Halfords where they just call them "headlamp converters". We also found find that everything needed for driving in other countries was sold on the ferry. They sold the headlamp converters, the country ...


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